New Innovations To The European Tour
A tournament held by the European tour this past weekend, may be just the thing the game of golf needs to draw a new young crowd.
The format is what makes this so unique.
Sixteen teams competed for a $1 million Euro winning prize on a specially designed 6-hole course. The tournament is cut down to two days, where each day is a different format.
- Day one the sixteen teams got split up into four-four team pools and played 6-hole matches. The top two nations from each pool advances to the final day for knockout rounds.
- Day two was a bracket type format where teams played one another and advanced to next round.
But other than the format, the tournament featured introductions where players walked through fog machines, pyrotechnics and an electric announcer announcing the whole thing.
One hole featured a shot clock that was on the back of a cart that followed the golfers, and if they didn’t get it off before the shot clock sounded, a one-stroke penalty would be enforced.
The 6-Hole Set-Up
Not to mention each hole had a “theme”, kind of like a charity tournament you play every summer with your buddies.
- Hole 1 had a ton of music and even more pyrotechnics;
- Hole 2 was all about charitable donations for birdies;
- Hole 3 featured a long-drive competition on the 525-yard par 5;
- Hole 4 had a 40-second shot clock to try and speed the guys up;
- Hole 5 was a classic closest to the pin;
- Lastly, Hole 6 had on course interviews
During all of this, the golfers also wore microphones to let the users feel as close as possible to the golfers.
“I just think it’s a perfect combination over such a short format. It’s fantastic” Andy Sullivan of Team England said to EuropeanTour.com reporter when asked about the tournament.
American Paul Peterson was the first golfer to get hit with the shot clock violation on the 4th hole.
The tournament ended in a win for Denmark, who was represented by Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard.
The tournament seemed to be a huge success and will be back next year. Maybe the USGA or PGA of America can realize you can’t “grow the game”, without making some changes.
Face it, no young kid wants to listen to Nick Faldo talk for four hours about how fast the greens were today.
They want fire, shot clocks, and most importantly some fun!